Guest blogger Lorie Sheffer: Learning new things

iPhone next to flower pot
The only constant is change (photo: Lorie Sheffer)


I had to get up at 6AM, but was kept awake by the obnoxious sounds of my husband’s iPhone. The bright light was taken care of by my sleep mask. Still, midnight had long since passed and I was getting more than a little irritated by his constant grumbling.

Apparently iPhones had just gone through a system upgrade, which did not sit well with my 61-year-old spouse. He was used to the old way of doing things. He said the old system “had a feel to it”. It was just visually better; it was Steve Job’s vision. The newsstand looked like a wooden bookcase! The note pad actually looked like a note pad! It was classy. Now, it just blends in with all of the other phones. Now he was going to have to get used to this new version.  I fell asleep with him grumbling and toying with the phone.

As I sat in the kitchen early this afternoon, I noticed that Spouse was looking more relaxed. “You know, by taking some of the old features away, they increased the battery life.”  I’m sure my eyes have not rolled so far back in my head for a long time. “The more I worked with it, the more I like it. It really is more user-friendly and it has more features. It’s smoother… I’m still not used to the appearance, but that’ll just take a little time.”

At this point I’m relatively certain his problem was less with the changes and more with the fact that those changes weren’t run by him before being implemented.

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Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.